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Cabinet backs plans for Platinum Jubilee

Range of events to mark Queen’s 70th anniversar­y

- By Shay Bottomley shayb@baylismedi­ @ShayB_BM

A range of events and projects which are being planned by the Royal Borough to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee were approved by councillor­s on Thursday (March 31).

Her Majesty became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on February 6, marking 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and Commonweal­th.

A number of events are being planned by the council in the lead up to the extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.

Projects include a proposal to illuminate Windsor and Eton Bridge later this year (subject to planning permission), with a public appeal for funding soon to be launched

by the Mayor, Cllr John Story.

The council will also be supporting the installati­on of a Platinum Jubilee Fountain which is being specially designed to commemorat­e the milestone at the junction of High Street and Castle Hill,

On the Queen’s 96th birthday on April 21, a 21-gun salute is planned on The Long Walk, where a number of children will be invited to fire a cannon.

The Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Children’s Party will be held on May 23. Two children, aged between five and 11 from each school in the borough, have been invited to the party at Windsor Guildhall.

Residents have been invited to share their photos of Jubilee street parties and memorabili­a from The Queen’s previous milestone anniversar­ies to help create an exhibition around local libraries.

On August 20, about 20 official town criers will parade in their ceremonial liveries before competing in a day-long competitio­n on the lawn beneath Salisbury Tower, close to the Henry VIII Gate in Windsor.

Following the rules laid down by the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers, the competitor­s will be judged on diction, inflection, volume, and clarity.

Moreover, every weekend from June to September, Bandstand Live will see a programme of free, live musical entertainm­ent on the Queen's Bandstand in Alexandra Gardens, Windsor.

Other initiative­s planned include the Mayor presenting a specially-made commemorat­ive Platinum Jubilee mug to all care home residents in the Royal Borough, while entrants to this summer’s Garden in Bloom competitio­n will be encouraged to have a Platinum Jubilee theme for their gardens.

The Mayor, Cllr John Story, said: “Our borough has enjoyed a long and proud associatio­n with Her Majesty and the Royal Family and the activities we have planned to mark

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee takes on added importance for us as a Royal Borough as we mark what has been 70 years of dedicated service.

“The events and initiative­s will be a chance for communitie­s in our borough to come together, be part of the celebratio­ns in a variety of ways and make memories that I hope will last a lifetime.”

A number of events are being led by the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee including the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting on June 2, the Jubilee Picnic in the Park and Classic Car Show on June 4 and Windsor’s Big Lunch on June 5.

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